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Obituary: Henry A. Zebroski

Henry A. Zebroski, age 97, a life-long resident of Port Washington, unexpectedly died on June 22, 2009. Henry was predeceased by his wife Mary; brothers, Walter and Sigmund; and sister Gabriella (aka Jenny). He is survived by his children, Henry, Harold (Elynor) and Alexander (Ellen); his grandchildren, Henry (Carla), Irene, Andrew John, Harold Jr., Elin Antonori (Patrick), Katie, Megan and Thomas. He is also survived by many nephews.

During WWII, Henry was employed at Grumman Aircraft in Bethpage as plant supervisor. After the war, he worked in Local Union 66 for Pollock and Wyson Construction until 1977. He later worked another 15 years for the Village of Sands Point as vehicle maintenance supervisor. In 1980, the newspaper, Polish American World, named him as its Citizen of the Year for his seemingly endless support of the Polish American community on Long Island since the end of WWII. Henry also served 14 yeas as mayor and secretary-treasurer of the Town of Port Washington North. As a racing pigeon enthusiast, Henry enjoyed many championship racing seasons. He gave back by serving as secretary, treasurer and president of many racing pigeon clubs. He was very proud of his gardening skills developed while working at the Christian Holmes Sands Point estate. He constantly reminded his children and anyone else who would listen about the tasty hot peppers and tomatoes he grew each year. He shared his aromatic flowers with anyone passing his home.

Funeral arrangements were handled by the Austin F. Knowles Funeral Home, Port Washington. A religious service was held June 26 at the funeral home. The cremation was private. Donations in his memory to the PW Police Athletic League, Inc., PO Box 765, Port Washington, NY 11050 would be greatly appreciated.